10-year passports back by November?

  • 24/08/2015
10-year passports back by November?

By 3 News online staff

Ten-year passports could be back as soon as the end of November if legislation is passed in Parliament.

The Government Administration select committee has come back with its report on the proposal and implementation date of November 30, 2015.

Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne says should the legislation now be passed, it would give Kiwi travellers more certainty in planning their future travels, especially over the Christmas period.

"Ten year validity gives greater convenience to most adult passport holders, as they will need to renew their passport less frequently," he says.

The price would also come down, with a new passport costing $180, which is an average saving of $90 over the 10-year lifespan compared to the cost of two five-year passports and one renewal fee which totals $270.

However, a child's passport will still be valid for five years because their appearance can change significantly over that period of time.

"In the current climate of international uncertainty, it is essential the Government continues to invest in technology and security, as New Zealanders expect their travel document to retain its exceptional levels of trust and integrity.

"We must safeguard the highly trusted international reputation of our passport which allows New Zealanders the freedom to visit approximately 170 countries without applying for a visa," Mr Dunne says.

Currently, more than 40 percent of adult passport renewals are done online, with the Government wanting to increase that in the future.

The online service for child passport renewals and first-time applicants could also be available in the future.

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